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Celtics, Bruins banners removed from TD Garden for NCAA Tournament

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  March 21, 2012 12:55 PM

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Championship banners and retired numbers from the Celtics and Bruins -- as well as banners from the Beanpot -- have been removed from the rafters at TD Garden this week because the NCAA Tournament is in town.

In an attempt to make their arenas uniform, the NCAA asks all host arenas to remove excessive and identifying signage. The Celtics and Bruins complied and tried to make the best of it, using this as a chance to involve fans in social media. Fans can suggest a place for the most recent banner from each team to hang on Friday by going to Facebook.com/tdgarden or by tweeting to @TDGarden. Meanwhile, the rest of the banners are on display in the Kroc Center gymnasium in Dorchester. Fans looking for more information on the Kroc Center can click here.

It's obviously not an ideal situation for the Celtics and Bruins to go through the trouble of removing the banners. In addition to the time required to do it, there's the potential for fans of two teams to feel slighted by the gesture. It's never popular to put corporate branding over rich tradition.

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was asked about the banners during today's media session and didn't seem too concerned.

"I didn't look above the basketball court to be honest with you," said Ryan. "We've been in a couple facilities where you get intimidated by banners. I don't know how at North Carolina they can fit another banner up there ...But there's a lot of great tradition here."

The NCAA Tournament's East region games Thursday will pit Syracuse against Wisconsin and Ohio State against Cincinnati. The winners will play on Saturday.

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